Consider the time, energy, and consideration that goes into your skin care routine; now compare that to your nails. For most of us, our product roster for the latter is limited to polish and not much else. But, as any seasoned nail pro will attest, our nails cannot subsist on lacquer alone. To wit: VIOLET GREY’S brand-new nail, foot and hand care edit, an assemblage of tools, lotions and formulations that are hands-down (pun very much intended) the best offerings on the market. And to help you get started, here’s all the information you need (and didn’t know you needed) about keeping your tips looking and feeling good.
YOUR POLISH PLAYBOOK
SHAPE AND SHADE
Also important, says Nadine Abramcyk, co-founder of Tenoverten, is to avoid immersing polished hands or feet in water for several hours afterwards to ensure it completely dries. Of course, polish should be your chance to experiment with all manner of wild color, but a good rule of thumb for finding ones that will complement your skin is to look at a polish’s undertones. “If you have a lot of redness in your skin then you will generally look better with shades that have more underlying blues and warmth,” says Abramcyk. “And always make sure to test it on a finger and step out into natural light because everything can look slightly askew in manufactured light.”
PAINT ON, PAINT OFF
Though it’s a myth that nails have to “breathe” between mani/ pedis, that only holds true if they’re strong and healthy. “If nails are peeling, discolored, or chipping easily, consider a 2-4 week polish holiday for fingernails and 4-6 weeks for toenails,” says Stern. In the interim, do some buffing. “Buffing the nails with chamois leather is the best way to have strong nails because it improves blood circulation and brings a lot of nutrients to the matrix and the bed of the nails which will make them healthy,” says Gonzalez.
TO GEL OR NOT TO GEL
THE CUTICLE CONUNDRUM
ATTEND TO YOUR SKIN
And every few weeks treat weary feet to a mini-treatment. Gonzalez suggests an abbreviated soak (10 minutes in water, warm in the winter and cold in the summer which will boost circulation, with a few drops of your favorite essential oil), followed by a granular scrub focusing on driest areas, then a massage using circular motions moving from feet up the legs. Stone recommends BYREDO’s Rose Scrub: “It’s not super-heavy or difficult to rinse off.”
SHIELD AGAINST INGROWNS
SUPPLEMENT YOUR NAIL HEALTH